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World Journal of Chemical Education. 2016, 4(3), 67-72
DOI: 10.12691/wjce-4-3-4
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Nicotine and Colored Complexes

Giorgio Volpi1,

1Department of Chemistry, University of Turin, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Turin, Italy

Pub. Date: June 30, 2016

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Giorgio Volpi. Nicotine and Colored Complexes. World Journal of Chemical Education. 2016; 4(3):67-72. doi: 10.12691/wjce-4-3-4


An activity for nicotine extraction and detection in tobacco. The procedure is based on the extraction of nicotine from tobacco, followed by the reaction between nicotine with Co(II) and Cu(II) ions. A qualitative experiment is proposed in order to demonstrate and visualize the presence of nicotine in tobacco and to demonstrate metal-nicotine complexes formation and their mass spectrometry (ESI) analysis.

nicotine qualitative analysis mass spectrometry (ESI) metal complex naked-eye experiment tobacco first-year undergraduate/general general public high school/introductory chemistry

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